Corrections officers at a Kentucky jail humiliated a woman by taking her to court with no pants and giving her no feminine hygiene products during her three-day incarceration, leaving a local judge shocked and dumbfounded.
“Am I in the Twilight Zone?” asked Jefferson District Court Judge Amber Wolf as the woman with no pants stood before her.
The unidentified female defendant can be heard saying she was arrested in Fayette County three days prior for failing to complete a diversion program for her first-ever offense of misdemeanor shoplifting. That landed her in front of the judge for a sentencing hearing.
The woman’s attorney told Judge Wolf during the hearing that her client requested a jail uniform, but jailers “refused to give her pants as well as any kind of hygiene products that she needed.”
“Excuse me? This is outrageous . . . Is this for real? I’m sorry; this is going to take a little bit,” said the judge.
Judge Wolf then stopped the hearing, got on the phone and rang Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton.
“Hi, Jenny, this is Judge Wolf in court room 102. I’m actually calling for Director Bolton, or anyone, uh, who can come to my courtroom and tell me why there is a female defendant standing in front of me with no pants on,” explained an irritated Judge Wolf. “She’s been in our jail for three days and reports to me that the jail has refused to give her pants and feminine hygiene products.”
“Can we give her something to cover up with?”
“Anything . . . anything. I don’t care what it is,” Wolf said, looking towards the defendant. “Also, I’m changing your sentence to a hundred dollar fine and time served.”
The soft-spoken defendant had been rearrested several times for not completing the diversion program she agreed to complete in order to have the misdemeanor shoplifting charge wiped from her record. She eventually pleaded guilty to 75 days in jail. But she never showed up in court for that sentencing, which is why there was a warrant for her arrest.
However, Judge Wolf decided being brought to court with no pants and being given no feminine hygiene products while in jail was punishment enough for the first-time offender and reduced her sentence from 75 days to time-served plus a $100 fine.
But she wouldn’t let the Kentucky woman go back to the jail to process out until she was given proper clothing and hygiene products.
“What the hell is going on?“ Wolf says into the phone. “I’m holding her here until she is dressed appropriately to go back to jail. This is outrageous.”
“I’m not trying to embarrass you; I’m very sorry,” she told the woman.